Primary 3a listened to the traditional Czech tale of the Wood Fairy and came to the wildlife garden to find out if we had some fairies there too.
“The Royal High Primary School has eco-brick fever. We are all participating in the creation of eco-bricks which can be used as a sustainable alternative to bricks. We aim to create some wonderful planters, outside areas and if we really work hard with our reduction of plastic waste a wall to protect our growing area. Mrs Megaw has set up a school community using the website www.gobrik.com and would love everyone in our local community to sign up as a member and we can help to reduce non-recyclable plastic waste that would eventually end up in landfill. The website https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/news/news-archive/2019/what-is-an-ecobrick shows us all how to create them, but if you have any queries please contact Mrs Megaw. We would all love any donations to facilitate this, so please send in with your child.
The skills we are developing in doing this task are endless however the school focus on Building Resilience has been widely discussed by all the pupils, as well as determination, team work and protecting our planet are all being learned! ”
Gardening Club Activity
Before the summer break the RHPS children helped to sow the garden planters; and since returning for the new academic year, we have been running a Gardening Club every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime for P1-7. We have tended, grown, re-sown, picked and eaten: purple beans, yellow beans, peas, courgettes, onions, radishes, borlotti beans, and salad crops. We had so many beans that we were able to supply the cafeteria for the salad station. We have also built tepees for supports, and created a ‘no dig’ fruit bush area and garlic patch.
P5 Play Rugby
“On Monday 30th September, 12 Primary 5 pupils represented RHPS in a rugby tournament at Murrayfield Stadium. We all had a brilliant time learning the touch rugby rules and playing against different schools from all over Edinburgh. We hope we can play rugby again in the future.”
P4 In the Wildlife Garden
Primary 4 listened wonderfully to the story of the Green Man. We went to the wildlife garden to gather materials to create what we thought he looked like and we all cooperated fantastically well in doing so. We even found some old tyres that we used as his eyes.
We were joined by a new nursery pupil who we welcomed into our activity and showed him how we all work effectively as a class.
Mrs Megaw was very proud of us all.
Clearing the Growing Area
Primaries 7, 6 and 5b have been working with Mrs Megaw, achieving fantastic results, clearing parts of the growing area, since commencing the new school year. Everyone has been contributing effectively, developing quality team building skills, showing maturity in their decision making and working as responsible members of our school community. Many have discussed their visions for this space and in the future we aim to have a quality area which can be inclusively accessed as a meaningful outdoor learning space.
We also have boxes containing some vegetables, planted in the summer term, being wonderfully cared for by our fantastic parent volunteer Ms Macpherson. We hope to use these in cooking soon!
Learning for sustainability is an integral part of the curriculum as it develops a range of transferable skills allowing pupils to take ownership of their learning, encouraging them to build confidence and promotes a sense of pride in the school community.